Lucitopia is now live!!

November 29, 2018

To read it you must use the Radish app, which is available on your smartphone (ios or android).   

All episodes post Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2pm GMT, which means a different time for everyone.  I know, it's confusing.

The easiest way to go about it is to log on to Radish, and subscribe to Lucitopia by clicking on the + sign at the top of the Lucitopia homepage, that way you will get notified the moment each episode is released.

The first seven episodes have been posted. 

I'd love to hear from you as the series unfolds, so I will let you know when I’ll be around for a Live Chat through Facebook, so make sure that you have turned on the notifications for my Facebook page, which can be found in the “Following” box at the top of the page. 

For more information on Lucitopia and Radish, scroll down to the posts below.

So excited!  

one more day!

November 28, 2018

Ever wish you could go inside your favorite book and become one of the characters? Of course you have. Everyone has. That’s why there are a thousand books and even more movies about it. But if you ever actually manage to pull it off, here’s a tip…timing is everything. 

Take Holly, for example. She says the spell, and it brings her to Lucitopia, and she becomes Princess Pleasant exactly as she wished. But she gets there after Asphodel the Evil Sorcerer has won the war between good and evil and Lucitopia has become a stinky, ugly, tetanus-riddled hellhole. If Holly doesn’t get out in fifteen days, she’ll be stuck there for the rest of her life, which probably won’t be much longer considering she’s overdue for her shots. 

The only way Holly can break the spell is if a real boy falls in love with her character and kisses her. The likelihood of that happening is slim to none, seeing as how everyone stops reading the stupid book as soon as the hero, Sir Torvold the Bold, dies when he faces Asphodel. Holly’s last hope is to get Princess Pleasant into the story before Torvold dies his thoroughly unsatisfying death and do something so amazing a real boy would kiss her. 

Falling madly in love with the blazing hot, brave, funny, and kind Torvold along the way probably won’t win a real boy’s heart, so she definitely can’t do that. 

But who’d be dumb enough to fall in love with a character in a book?

---That’s the official plug for LUCITOPIA, which comes out tomorrow, and I am far more excited about this than I should be.  It’s a free-bee, a light romp, a jolly escapade.  Nothing to get all worked up about.  But I LOVE this story and I LOVE this world and I can’t wait to hear what you all think of it.  The tone is a little different for me, which was a relief because I was getting a little tired of me.  It was so much fun to write.  

Just between us, I wrote it while I was supposed to be writing something else that was so complicated and heavy I got brain fry and needed a break.  LUCITOPIA is where my brain goes on vacation.  So of course there’s a hot guy or two in it!

ALSO, I finally joined Instagram!  You know, because I’m always at the cutting edge of technology.  Please follow me as I fumble through and make an ass of myself by taking accidental pictures of my Crocs-clad feet and posting them at Josephine_Angelini.  

What is Radish?

November 25, 2018

Radish is a platform for serialized storytelling right on your smartphone.  It uses the term episode for chapter (like they do on television), and each episode/chapter tends to run anywhere between 1000-2000 words.  

Radish offers both free and premium content.  Lucitopia lands somewhere in between.  All episodes are FREE, but you read along with everyone else, and wait for each episode to post each week, just like you would do with your favorite TV show.  

BUT, if you just can’t live without knowing what happens next, you can purchase episodes in advance, and even read the whole story in one shot if you'd like.

As with some other apps, Radish transactions are made using coins, and they have a ton of ways for you to win and earn coins through regularly scheduled promotions.

Radish also has chats (Radish Live) with the release of every episode, where you can discuss the episode with me and other readers, and make it a more interactive experience.

The first 7 episodes will go up on Thursday.  After that, one episode will be released every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

To get Radish, just go to your app store.  The app is free. 

The episodes are released at different times, depending on where you live.  Just subscribe to Lucitopia, and you’ll receive a notice when each episode is published, or anytime I log on to Radish Live.  

Leave me a comment with any more questions and I’ll get them answered before Thursday.

So excited!

Lucitopia Q&A

November 23, 2018

Okay, so I came up with a little Q&A session based on some of your questions.

Q) What is Lucitopia?

A) Lucitopia is a world I’ve created which takes place inside a fairytale book. The story unfolds in the same way a storyline for a TV show does, where each season (book) has a story arc which is resolved at the end of it, but there is a broader storyline that is being told over the length of the series. And yes, it is a love story.

Q) Will Lucitopia be published on hardcover, paperback or e-reader?

A) Lucitopia was written specifically for Radish. After one year though, I can do with it as I please, which means that if there’s a demand for it, I will publish it in both print and e-reader.

Q) How many books are in this series?

A) I have outlined seven seasons (books). Each one features different protagonists, but there is a larger story arc that spans all seven seasons (books).

Q) How many words is Lucitopia?

A) Around fifty thousand words, which makes it a thick novella, or a thin novel. It’s the perfect size for binging. It’s meant to be read in bite-sized chunks of 1 to 2 thousand word episodes (chapters), with every one of them culminating in a juicy cliffhanger.

Q) Why publish on Radish?

A) As much as I LOVE books, I recognize that times are changing. Books will never be replaced, but more people than ever rely on their phones for everything, and reading stories on my phone is something that I have gotten to enjoy more and more as my time gets more limited. Radish is perfect in that way. It’s a platform aimed at like-minded people who enjoy reading, and who like to have something to read with them at any time, any place.

Q) Why not a Starcrossed story?

A) There is a prequel about Daphne and Ajax, which is almost done, and a Helen and Lucas sequel that I’ve started outlining. Honestly, I just got sidetracked, I’m sorry. But Starcrossed is a world that I love to revisit, and will have something for you to read real soon.

Feel free to comment with any other questions you might have and I will answer them in the next post, probably on Monday.

Free Book!!!

November 20, 2018

Yes, you read that right.  As most of you all know I have another book coming out next summer.  It’s called WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE WOODS.  It’s a thriller in the same vein as WE WERE LIARS.  

I know the majority of you were hoping for another STARCROSSED book, and that is happening, I promise!

See, my problem is that I have a serious case of ADD, and I go where the inspiration takes me, which is why the last book I wrote was a semi-autobiographical novel, and WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE WOODS is a thriller.  When I fall in love with an idea sometimes I can’t stop thinking about it until I get it down on paper.  For me, writing is how I either spend time with imaginary friends I really like, or how I get the terrifying ones to go away.

Which brings me to LUCITOPIA.  I'm huge fan of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, and of William Goldman, who wrote THE PRINCESS BRIDE.  I have always wanted to write something fun like that.  While I can’t promise the brilliance of DISK WORLD or the hilarity of THE PRINCESS BRIDE., I did write something that made me smile.  A lot.  Which is exactly what I needed after finishing WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE WOODS which is dark and suspenseful, and has one of those evil characters that I wanted to scoop out of my head, and then sanitize my brain after said character was gone.  

LUCITOPIA is about a call-it-like-she-sees-it girl, who finds herself trapped in a book with 15 days to live, unless she can find a real boy to fall in love with her, and kiss her.  While trying not to die, she meets a knight in shining armor.  It’s basically just an excuse for me to think about a hot guy in armor and then sit on the edge of my seat during a fun action sequence.

I specifically wrote it for an app called Radish, which you can download for free on ios or android.  If you haven’t heard of Radish, you should definitely check it out.  Radish provides serialized fiction in chapters, or episodes, as they like to call them, sort of like television.  It’s content you can read on your smartphone or e-tablet.  I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been reading mostly on my phone.  It’s the one thing I never leave home without.  

I will be releasing the first seven chapters on Thursday, November 29th, and then subsequent chapters every Tuesdays and Thursdays. I’ll do another in-depth post about how it all works later.

I plan on LUCITOPIA being part of a seven book series.  I am super excited about it, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

P.S. Feel free to leave me a comment with any questions you might have and I will try and address them on another post.

Surprise, surprise!!

November 19, 2018

So, here's a little teaser, a pre-holiday gift for you all.

I'm sure you have tons of questions, so tune in tomorrow and I'll have more details for you. ;)

So Excited to Announce my Latest Novel!!

October 12, 2018

It's called What She Found in the Woods, a thriller with a swoony romance set in the Pacific Northwest.  It's scheduled to be released this coming summer.  Very excited to be working with Macmillan once again!

For more details click on the title.

Can't wait for you all to meet Magda and Bo!!



Starcrossed Movie Question

June 15, 2018

I know I’ve been teasing you all for years about a possible movie based on the book, and the truth is that we’ve come really close, but for one reason or another it just hasn’t panned out.  Heartbreakers.  Many of them.

Enter Barbara Stepansky, the amazing, talented, brilliant, and award-winning screenwriter who is nearly finished with a first draft of a screenplay for STARCROSSED!  (Btw, I have a teeny tiny writer crush on her, if you hadn’t noticed.)  

Today, she asked me if there were any scenes fans of the first book absolutely couldn’t live without.  I told her I didn’t know, but I’d ask.  So I’m asking!  

What scenes from the book MUST be in the movie, in your opinion?   

And before anyone gets too excited (including me) please keep in mind that we’re only in the screenplay stage (again) and a screenplay ain’t a movie.  (Yet.)    

Thanks for your help!


Katy Perry Made me Cry

June 6, 2018

I grew up in the 90’s.  It was a dreary time.  Everyone was scared of getting HIV so no one was fooling around.  We wore all black, or plaid shirts over baggy jeans.  Everyone’s hair was in his or her faces.  But probably the most defining feature of the 90’s was the music.  We listened to what is now known of as Alternative Rock. 

          I’ve been thinking a lot about music lyrics and what they do once they’re on a loop in your head, attached as they are to a melody that you can’t ever seem to rinse out.  I grew up singing songs like “Creep” by Radiohead, “Black” by Pearl Jam, and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana.  Oh, and the Cure!  Which was technically an 80’s holdover into the 90’s, but definitely still a huge player in the music world pre y2k.  I must have listened to the album “Disintegration” about a million times, and to this day I can’t hear Robert Smith’s plaintive voice singing “Pictures of You” without smiling. 

          Yes.  I’ve got a screw loose.  The Cure—the most manic-depressive band to ever hit the top ten—makes me smile.

Most 90’s lyrics ran in the direction of silent desperation, hopelessness, and self-loathing.  By just singing along with my favorite songs, I must have told myself I was a loser a zillion times and that any endeavor was pointless because I was built to fail—or Built to Spill as one band poetically named themselves.

          I believed it, too.  It took me years to finally dare to write a book, though I always wanted to.  I never thought I could even finish a book, let alone write one that would be worthy of being published because, without even trying first, I was already a failure.

I don’t blame the music I listened to for my self-defeating inner monologue, but lately I’ve been wondering how much what I listened to reinforced my own pre-existing condition.  In the 90’s the only way to be cool was to understand that you were insignificant, and doubly so if you were a woman.  The best you could hope for was to be some slacker’s manic pixie dream girl. 

          Music has changed a lot since then, both in sound and in message.  Women have changed.  Lilith Fest isn’t the only way to hear strong, confident women singing and performing and generally killing it.  The notion of what is cool has changed.

I have a three-and-a-half-year-old daughter now.  Currently, her favorite song is “Roar” by Katy Perry and we’ve been listening to it on repeat for weeks.  She’s learned a lot of the lyrics.  As I was taking her to preschool the other morning, I looked back in the rear-view mirror and watched my fearless, kind, and clever little girl as she howled, “I am a champion, and you’re going to hear me roar.”

          I burst into tears.  I’ve definitely got a screw loose.  The Cure makes me smile, and Katy Perry makes me cry. 

Happy Book Birthday to Snow Lane!!

January 2, 2018

I woke up at 4 am this morning, thinking, It's Loose!  

So, here it goes... you can get your copy here .

Thank you!